The UBC United Kingdom Undergraduate Challenge is run over three rounds. The format and content are designed to develop the employability and enterprise skills employers are looking for. All rounds are run virtually so that teams based in different time zones can collaborate and compete via the UBC portal on The Simulation Space platform designed by Learning Dynamics. Teams upload their decisions and results are published as per the timetable below. Approximately the top 30% of teams from this round go through to the Round 2 Semi-Finals. The top 10 teams from the Round 2 Semi-Finals go through to the Round 3 Grand Final.
Running these events virtually brings the benefits of enabling students to participate from anywhere in the world, collaborate across time zones and allows the inclusion of engaging guest speakers who contribute greatly to the value of the UBC experience - and most importantly – develops the employability and workplace skills employers are looking for.
[Please note: The UBC Global Masters Postgraduate Challenge has a different timetable from the Undergraduate Competition. Please see UBC Global Masters info for the timetable.
Entries open: 10 May 2021
Entries close: 1 November 2021
All entries will be confirmed progressively up to the closing date of 1 November 2021.
Educators, Team Leaders and Members, including nominated team Mentors, will have access to the UBC simulation platform used in Round 1 via logins which will be provided to registered participants. All resources are made available on-line and can be downloaded from the simulation platform. The Team Brief and Guide contains all the information necessary to take part in the UBC UK. These resources are in electronic format which can be viewed on-screen.
When you know your Team Leaders, you can upload their name/s and email address/es by logging into the UBC platform. The UBC simulation platform will automatically email Team Leaders their logins when you have submitted their details.
If you want your teams to participate in the optional Trial Trading Period (TTP), you should upload your Team Leader details prior to the TTP commencement date, i.e. on or before 29 October 2020 (please see detailed timetable below).
When Team Leaders have their logins, they input their Team Member details. The simulation platform emails Team Members their logins, so all members have access to the simulation platform.
Trial Trading Period (TTP): 28 October - 9 November 2021
The UBC UK starts with a Trial Trading Period which opens on 28 October and decisions can be uploaded from this time until 9 November 2021 (decision form closes at 12 p.m.). Please note that Trial Trading Period (TTP) results do not count towards the final result. Results only count towards the final result from Trading Period 1 onwards. The TTP is a practice round for teams to get used to the briefing resources and decisions.
While we encourage teams to complete the TTP, it is not essential in order to compete in Round 1 of the UBC, so teams who enter late can start a week later with Trading Period 1.
If you want your teams to participate in the TTP, we will require your Team Leader details on or before the entry closing date, i.e. 1 November 2021.
Results for TTP published: 11 November 2021
Trading Period One: 11 November - 16 November 2021
Decisions can be uploaded from 11 November (decision form opens at 9 a.m.) to 16 November 2021 (decision form closes at 12 p.m.).
Please note that this is the first Trading Period where decisions count towards the final result. We would therefore require your Team Leader details by 11 November 2021 at the very latest.
Results for TP1 published: 18 November 2021
Trading Period Two: 18 November - 23 November 2021
Decisions can be uploaded from 18November (decision form opens at 9 a.m.) to 23 November 2021 (decision form closes at 12 p.m.)
Results for TP2 published: 25 November 2021
Trading Period Three: 25 November - 30 November 2021
Decisions can be uploaded from 25 November (decision form opens at 9 a.m.) to 30 December 2021 (decision form closes at 12 p.m.)
Results for TP3 published: 2 December 2021
Trading Period Four: 2 December - 7 December 2021
Decisions can be uploaded from 2 December (decision form opens at 9 a.m.) to 9 December 2021 (decision form closes at 12 p.m.)
Results for TP4 published: 9 December 2021
Trading Period Five: 9 December - 14 December 2021
Decisions can be uploaded from 9 December (decision form opens at 9 a.m.) to 14 December 2021 (decision form closes at 12 p.m.)
Results for TP5 published: 16 December 2021
Round 2 Semi-Finalists announced: 16 December 2021
The top teams from Round 1 go through to the Round 2 Semi-Finals. These are scheduled to commence early March 2022 and will be confirmed during Round 1 of the Challenge. The number of teams that go through to the Round 2 Semi-Finals varies from year-to-year and is dependent upon sponsorship support. Over the past two years, approximately 30% of all teams have gone through and competed in the Round 2 Semi-Finals.
The Round 3 Grand Final is scheduled for mid-March 2022. The top 10 teams from the Round 2 Semi-Finals compete to be Winners of UBC Worldwide United Kingdom and put their university’s name on the trophy. The Grand Final date will be confirmed during Round 1.
Previous winning universities:
University of Westminster, University of Glasgow, Anglia Ruskin University (three times), Royal Holloway University of London, University of Sheffield, Bristol University (twice), Essex University, Durham University, Bournemouth University, Aston University, University of Manchester, Imperial College London (twice), University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge University, University of Wales Swansea, Farnborough College of Technology and Sussex University.
Grand-Finalists have included teams from:
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Coventry, DeMontfort, UEA, Nottingham Trent, Westminster, Exeter, Lancaster University Management School, Plymouth, Portsmouth, York, Nottingham, Cambridge, Bristol, Canterbury Christ Church, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Regents University London, Sheffield-Hallam, St Andrews, Royal Holloway, Brunel, Warwick, Imperial, Sheffield, Oxford, UCL, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Queen Mary London, Queen's Belfast, Reading, Southampton, Loughborough, Anglia Ruskin, Aberystwyth, Trinity All Saints, Bournemouth, Oxford Brookes, Essex, Birmingham, Abertay Dundee, Robert Gordon, Bell College, University of Central Lancashire, Royal Holloway, City University, Leicester, Hertfordshire.
Please note our Terms & Conditions which can be viewed on this website. The Universities Business Challenge / Campus2Corporate reserve the right to change this timetable. Please note that in exceptional circumstances we reserve the right to change the Round 2 Semi-finals and Round 3 Grand Final from a live event to virtual on-line.